Colrain board has questions on broadband network plans

Thursday, November 26, 2015

COLRAIN — The Board of Selectmen has turned to its legislators for help in navigating the channels of information coming from both WiredWest, the municipal collective trying to build a regional “last-mile” fiber-optic broadband network, and the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, which holds the purse-strings to grant money for such a network — regardless of whether it is built by WiredWest or by some other entity. “We have received little direction … 0

Neighbors: Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello neighbor. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I’m hearing from friends and relatives who are stressed because so many of their guests have limited diets at this point — we all know someone who eats gluten-free, is a vegan or vegetarian, is lactose intolerant, or has some other dietary restriction. That’s OK! I think the best way to approach the holiday, which, by the … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Wheeler resigns from Shelburne pipeline panel SHELBURNE — Planning Board Chairman John Wheeler has resigned as the board’s delegate to the town’s Pipeline Advisory Committee, and selectmen will ask the Planning Board to select a replacement to represent their board. After accepting his resignation with much regret, Selectman Joseph Judd said Wheeler was an invaluable member who lead that group “through some really … 0

West County Notebook

Friday, November 20, 2015

Colrain Solarize meeting COLRAIN — Those interested in installing solar electric systems in their homes or businesses may want to attend a Solarize Colrain meeting Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Town Office. The meeting is also open to residents of neighboring towns who may wish … 0

Neighbors: Local youngster learn about and teach composting

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello neighbor. Fourth-grade students at The Discovery School at Four Corners recently learned about taking notes, paragraphing, composing informational text, and formulating an opinion through a study of composting, according to their teacher Marguerite Rancourt. All students read … 0

Letter: Eye for photos

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A famous photographer, Ansel Adams, once said “a good photograph is knowing where to stand.” Paul Franz (Recorder photographer) knows where to stand and also has a “good eye.” In my opinion, he is an excellent photographer and I enjoy his many pictures in the paper. DAVID NIMS … 0

Lawmakers grapple with details of solar law

Monday, November 16, 2015

Among the top priorities for legislators before leaving for their end-of-year break Wednesday is fixing the state’s program that allows solar-electricity-producing businesses and municipalities to sell power back to the grid at retail rates. The current caps on … 2

Local filmmaker hits the road to speak for community co-ops

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Filmmaker Steve Alves is on a roll again, raising money once more for his documentary, “Food for Change.” But this time, the campaign for the 2013 film that began as a short promo for Green Fields Market has … 0

FRCOG seeks town approvals for regional emergency shelters

Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the next tornado, flood or power-killing snowstorm paralyzes Franklin County towns, will there be accessible shelters out of harm’s way for evacuees? In the two years after the Franklin County Regional Shelter Plan was introduced, Patricia Smith, senior land use planner for the Franklin County Regional Council … 0

Neighbors: More local calendars released

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hello neighbor. The Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter and Adoption Center has just released its new 2016 calendar, which is filled with four-legged beauties. The calendar also includes more than 30 photos and bios of dogs that have been adopted. You can count off the days of 2016 … 0

Spell-binding: Spelling Beans remain champs

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

BUCKLAND — Maybe it’s all that coffee that keeps them on their toes, but the Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters’ “Spelling Beans” won a third championship in this year’s Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee at the Mohawk Trail … 0

Crafts of Colrain set for this weekend

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The autumn leaves may have fallen, but there’s still beauty in Colrain’s rural hills, where at least artists and artisans open their studios this weekend for the Crafts of Colrain self-guided tour, Nov. 14 through 15, from 10 … 0

Colrain board questions WiredWest agreement

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

COLRAIN — WiredWest delegate Holleran Greenburger made the case for why cash-strapped Colrain should go for a broadband network build-out through the WiredWest cooperative instead of through a commercial Internet service provider. But selectmen expressed concerns Monday night about the terms of the collective’s proposed contract. “Is WiredWest … 0